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Make energy while the sun shines

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:53PM

Solar power advocates believe alternative energy is a bright idea. Cyndy Salisbury frequently has visions while staring at sun-drenched rooftops. On the ridges of Bainbridge homes and Seattle high-rises, she visualizes economic and environmental salvation through rows and rows of solar panels delivering the Northwest from fiery fossil fuel damnation.

More cops on the street with law/justice levy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:52PM

Kitsap voters will decide a sales tax hike for law enforcement on Sept. 20. It amounts to less than a ha’penny on a cup of coffee, but a proposed sales tax increase could provide a big money boost for the island’s crime fighters. The Bainbridge Island Police Department, along with other law enforcement agencies in Kitsap County, would benefit from a 0.15 percent sales tax levy on the Sept. 20 ballot to address a wide range of staff shortfalls.

Security cameras installed on BHS campus

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:52PM

But they won’t be turned on until policies for their use are in place. When Bainbridge High School students return to the campus next month, they’ll find the courtyard ringed by proud, newly planted trees. They may also, if they look closely, see new security cameras overhead, installed to dissuade acts of vandalism like the destruction of trees in that same courtyard last spring.

News Roundup -- Renna bails out of race/Play for a Cure raises $76,000/Firefighters join MD battle/Pies fuel pedal power Sunday/Pianos play for their repair

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:52PM

A City Council candidate withdrew from the race Wednesday, citing a time crunch imposed by an unforeseen primary election. Frank Renna, a six-year island resident, had filed to challenge North Ward incumbent Councilwoman Debbie Vancil. But marketing consultant Jeannie McMacken’s entrance into the race necessitated a Sept. 20 primary election, more than a month before the Nov. 8 general election.

Housing market continues red hot streak

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:52PM

Average prices jumped nearly 13 percent in the first half of the year. If it’s a bubble, it’s got a thick skin. Bainbridge Island home prices ballooned through the first half of the year, with closed residential and condominium sales averaging $592,000 through the first six months and $612,000 in July, according to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, which tracks real estate transactions.

Aging fire fleet isn’t very fleet

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:52PM

The department hopes to replace trucks that are slow, fail newer standards. Ken Beach shakes the clutch and rams it into second gear just as his hulking water transport truck rolls onto the foot of Bucklin Hill. The fully loaded 18-ton Ford roars like a lion – but it’s not a roar of defiance or power. It’s more like the bellow of a giant cat in its death throes.

Hood Canal Bridge closures are here

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:52PM

Weekend travel to Jefferson County will be curtailed as the span is revamped. HOOD CANAL BRIDGE – It’s only been two years since construction began to repair the floating bridge that connects Kitsap and Jefferson counties. While Washington State Department of Transportation officials say they’ve tried their best to keep the impacts to drivers to a minimum, construction is, well, construction.

News Roundup --Youth knifed accidentally/Yeomalt Cabin makes grade/Harbor speed limit at issue/Bring flowers, brighten days

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:52PM

A knife was accidentally thrown into the chest of a young male on Ihland Way late Monday night, according to Bainbridge Police. Several witnesses said a friend of the 18 year-old victim had been fixing a folding knife, and demonstrated that it was repaired by flicking it open a number of times. The knife flew out of the friend’s hands and lodged into the chest of the victim, who was standing about three feet away, a handful of juvenile witnesses said.

Park’s barn falling down by degrees

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:52PM

But whether or not it’s worth saving, that’s another matter. You wouldn’t necessarily entrust your life to it in a storm. Maybe not even the lives of your pigs, these days at least. So park officials don’t know what to do with a dilapidated old barn at Meigs Park, and are unsure whether it can be shored up before it crumbles into the earth.

Candidates split on use of signs

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:52PM

At least one rejects an informal pact to keep roadsides clear during the campaign. In small town politics, yard signs may be as ubiquitous as glad handing, door belling and baby kissing. But not on Bainbridge Island. “It’s part of a tradition here not to use yard signs,” said Mayor Darlene Kordonowy, who is seeking re-election this fall. “We can still have good, hearty campaigns but, during the last 15 years, almost all candidates have agreed to not use these signs.”

Hopefuls clash on growth at forum

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:52PM

‘Decisiveness’ emerges as a theme in the race for Bainbridge mayor. Managing growth, transportation, protecting the environment and maintaining the island’s quality of life were themes that ran throughout an evening of debates at the high school Monday, featuring all local candidates in November’s general election. In the mayoral debate, Councilman Nezam Tooloee characterized incumbent Darlene Kordonowy as “all about process” while he was “all about results.”

News Roundup -- Steves travels to Bainbridge/Rake-and-run Halloween/Let's talk local elections

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

Whether in Oslo or Ometepe, international travel “makes a difference in the world and people’s understanding of each other.” That’s the thinking behind a Thursday night fund-raiser featuring travel writer and TV host Rick Steves, said Barbara Tolliver, who helped organize the event.

News Roundup -- Child center turning 30/Notices go out to area voters/Fill a backpack for a student/Traps set for gypsy moths

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

When Bainbridge Island Child Care Centers was created over 30 years ago, it was the community’s response to a growing need for child care to serve migrant workers and other working parents. “Since then the organization has always responded to the need of the community,” Executive Director Anna Garrity said.

Peace activists march against nuclear threat

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

Monks, others will wrap up a three-week demonstration with a trek to Bangor. Two Buddhist monks from Bainbridge are on a pilgrimage. Senji Kaneada and Gilberto Perez from the Nipponzan Myohoji temple on Bainbridge Island were joined by others on an Interfaith Peace Walk that crossed the island Friday.

Open Kallgren, planning director decides

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

Neighbors are upset by the decision, which will bring thru-traffic from Day Road. Roads don’t always end where you want them to. The residents of Kallgren Road are finding this out the hard way after a months-long march to preserve their quiet street’s dead end. The city on Wednesday issued its official position that Kallgren should be linked to Day Road East. The city will require a proposed development, between Kallgren’s dead end and Day Road, to include an 18-foot-wide, paved connection. “We gathered 300 signatures saying we didn’t want this connection,” Kallgren resident Rebecca Robbins said. “No one really stood up and said they wanted this, except the city.

News Roundup -- Federal ferry funding hiked

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

A federal transportation bill approved last week essentially doubles the funding allocated to Washington State Ferries, paving the way for new ferry construction, terminal renovation and security improvements. President George W. Bush is expected to sign the $285 million bill into law. Of this, approximately $65 million will directly benefit the WSF system.

A stretch of beach, a stand of trees, and done

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

The $8 million open space fund will be exhausted after one more purchase. Some want more beaches, others more forest, still others trails. Islanders will get a little bit of each, if the City Council approves what could be the final purchase under the city’s four-year-old land preservation program.

Winslow trees don’t stand tall

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

The first-ever comprehensive survey finds many stunted and badly pruned. As local street trees go, the sweetgum in front of Vern’s Winslow Drug is an exemplar of the form. Painfully so. Topped to avoid a conflict with overhead utility lines and never properly pruned, its limbs and branches have bunched up into an unhealthy tangle. The roots have been confined for years to a tiny triangle of earth next to the curb, growing knotted and gnarled all the while.

News Roundup -- City names new attorney/Hearing on sewer rates

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

For the first time since all-island government began in 1991, the city’s legal counsel will have his own office, working on staff rather than under contract. Paul McMurray has been named city attorney, pending approval by the City Council at its meeting Wednesday.

Tooloee makes surprise bid for mayor

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

The field is now four in the race for the city’s highest office. Saying he hopes to invigorate public debate over challenges facing the Bainbridge community, City Councilman Nezam Tooloee announced a surprise bid for the mayor’s office Friday. Toolooe, 18 months into his first term from the council’s north ward, promised an “unusual campaign” that would focus on issues and have nothing at all to say about incumbent Mayor Darlene Kordonowy. “My running is in no way an attack on Darlene or an attack on her performance, or the performance of her management team,” said Tooloee, who described his professional relationship with the mayor as “warm.”

NASCAR woos island, Kitsap for racetrack

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

There are already 11,000 season ticket holders in the area, backers say. Kitsap got its first extended exposure to the International Speedway Corporation’s local race track proposal this week, when ISC officials conducted public meetings at opposite ends of the county. The delegation, led by ISC President Lesa Kennedy, spoke Wednesday at a Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce luncheon, followed by a pair of of informal receptions at South Kitsap High School that drew several hundred citizens.

News Roundup -- Church moves to Playhouse/Movie party for BAC/Music and art at Waterfront

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church is playing to ever larger crowds these days, prompting a move from Hyla School to the Playhouse for worship services. “We’ve outgrown the Hyla School Auditorium,” church board president Jason Klein said. “Our membership has nearly doubled in the last three years, to more than 160 – not including the many friends who attend regularly.”

Giant 3M buys Mercury Online

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

The 30-person firm will continue its digital signage work in Winslow. As measures of business success go, you could do worse than be bought out by a Fortune 500 company. Bainbridge Island’s Mercury Online Solutions now holds that distinction, as the company is being acquired by St. Paul, Minn.-based giant 3M.

Challengers emerge in mayoral race

  • Jul 27, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

Berry, Peddy cite bad decisions and poor management at City Hall. Two challengers to incumbent Mayor Darlene Kordonowy emerged on the first day of candidate filing, both pledging to put the city in better financial order. The entry of Michaels C. “Michael” Berry, a Winslow certified public accountant, and William K. “Will” Peddy, the city’s code enforcement officer, into the mayoral race guarantees a September primary to winnow the field before November.

News Roundup -- Marimba, the Zimbabwe/Sign up now for local office

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:50PM

When Ruzivo brings Zimbabwean marimba music to Pritchard Park tonight, the ensemble will share not only music, but also a different idea of sharing music. “There’s not a concept of performer and audience,” said Paul Mataruse, Ruzivo music director and a native of the African nation. “You’re performing with people who are performing with you, singing, drumming. The concept of audience separate from performance is a foreign concept (in Zimbabwe).”

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